Rock on all you Hester Prynnes and Scarlett O’Haras — all you women of strength

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will kick off summer screening series, "Hollywood's Greatest Year: The Best Picture Nominees of 1939," on Monday, May 18, with a big-screen presentation of "Gone with the Wind." The 10-film 70th anniversary celebration, which will run through August 3, showcases all of the Best Picture nominees from a landmark year that saw the release of an exceptional number of outstanding films. All screenings will be held on Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the AcademyÕs Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Pictured: Vivien Leigh as she appears in GONE WITH THE WIND, 1939.

If I had lived in Puritan New England, not only would I have had a scarlet "A" tacked to every shirt, I would have had a string of other letters right along side it. Children would have been able to learn their ABCs by reading the letters representing my litany of sins. I’m thinking I should have re...

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